What kind of country exempts one practice -- fracking for gas -- from its Clean Water Act, since the process contaminates water? The America I want and have loved doesn't sell its core values -- and yet we've done just that for fracking.
While many Americans would like to see us move toward "green energy" as a means to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and fossil fuels in general, such a move should be driven by market forces, not the strong arm of government and crony capitalism.
While the oil and gas lobby dominates at the federal level, communities across the United States are making great strides in gaining control of energy production by advancing an impressive range of renewable projects.
Wind, biofuel, biomass, hydro, wave power, geothermal and of course conservation: those solutions have been with us for some time. But our most precious renewable energies are commitment, foresight and imagination.
Democrats in the House spent the past two years fighting to forge a real, long-term plan for energy independence. Unfortunately, Republicans in the Senate killed every attempt to move forward. This is not acceptable.
Today I swam in the waste product of Iceland's power generating station while smearing silica grease on my face. I'd paid the equivalent of $50 for the privilege and it was an experience I'll never forget.